fresh expressions

Cultivating Missional Change

As jy wonder oor “kerk wees”, belangstel in ander vorms van gemeente lewe, al gehoor het van “fresh expressions”, dan is hierdie boek vir jou. Cultivating Missional Change bevat ‘n versameling verhale van verskillende denominasies reg oor die wêreld en is ook geskryf deur teoloë van regoor die wêreld, insluitend Suid-Afrika. Hierdie boek kan jou begrip van “missionaal” uitdaag en kan jou gedagtes rondom uitreik en gemeente lewe stimuleer.

Omdat hierdie boek so ‘n groot verskeidenheid verhale en skryf stukke bevat, mag daar hoofstukke wees wat jou kan verveel omdat dit dood eenvoudig nie relevant is nie. As jy egter nuuskierig is en meer sou wou weet van gemeentes en denominasies in ander lande, sal selfs hierdie afdelings jou interesseer.

 

Why be church differently?

What are fresh expressions of church and how do they emerge?

Dr Michael Moynach

 

Notes made by Anriëtte de Ridder at the Missional Conference May 2017, Stellenbosch.

 

Mission is not a 2nd step for God (it is part of his nature, and has always been). Therefore, shouldn’t be 2nd step for us!

Fresh expressions ARE church and is always

  • Missional
  • Contextual
  • Formational
  • Ecclesial

This is the very reason why these small communities come into being.

 

Challenge your local church with these questions…

Do you believe in God?

Yes? Then you believe in a missional God!

Is church primary focused on missions? If not, why not?

Is missions working? Are people flooding to the church?

If not, do it differently!

 

There are more than 2000 “fresh expressions” churches in the United Kingdom. There are more than 100 000 people involved. But the average size of a fresh expression is 50 people. 50% of people in a fresh expression church in the UK had not been to church previously.

 

Anticipating the kingdom – when Christ fulfills all things

It’s a journey:

  1. Listening (leads to the gift of community)
  2. Loving and serving (leads to the gift of friendship)
  3. Building community (leads to the gift of deepening relationships and trust)
  4. Exploring (leads to appreciating Jesus and asking for more)
  5. church taking shape (leads to the gift of enthusiasm willingness to share)
  6. Doing it again…

 

Each stage unfolds the kingdom. It is propelled by the exchange of gifts – generosity. It is not “us” doing it for the sake of “them” but going on a journey together.

How do you know you can move on th the next stage?  Wait for the exchange of “gifts” as mentioned above. Because each stage of the journey reveals the kingdom, there’s no rush because each stage of the journey is an important gift. Each stage is already the Kingdom!

 

Example – Language café

  • Woman practicing language
  • Drinking tea
  • Building community
  • Prayer requests
  • Spiritual topics in conversation over time
  • Ladies later Invited to separate course about faith topics
  • Repeat

 

Fresh expressions is one of the rare places where social action is integrated in evangelism (and not done separately).

The basis is divine generosity – the church is Gods gift to the world. But the gift must be in a suitable form, it must be released. It is a Eucharistic-like movement.

 

Problems encountered with fresh expressions:

Starting a group with too many Christians.  They come with their own agendas and “language”.  Start with only 3 or 4 christians maximum.

Do not be deceived by size – keep it small.

 

How to start a fresh expression

Read story of Jesus

Don’t ask – what does it tell us about God?

Ask an experiential question!

Challenge each other to make an expirement and see if it does make a difference

No formal sharing of the gospel or evangelism!

 

Discover Bible Study:

  1. If this story happened today what would it look like?
  2. What does it mean to you?
  3. Might it make a difference to your life?

 

Did it happen? – This could be next week’s follow up question.

 

  1. The 4th question cannot always be used – can we share this with someone else?

 

Don’t give the answers – let them google it and discover it for themselves!

Empower leadership and participation.

VARS! Gespreksnotas oor millennials

Twee weke gelede het ‘n groep van 18 predikante en jeugbedienaars saam met Anriëtte de Ridder en Gielie Loubser by Communitas bymekaar gekom om te gesels oor vars en alternatiewe bedieningsmodelle aan naskoolse jongmense en millennium ouers. Die gesprek is gevoer na aanleiding van die boek “You Lost Me – Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church… and Rethinking Faith” van David Kinnaman oor sy navorsing oor buitekerklike jongmense (met ‘n voorheen kerklike agtergrond).

Hier is 2 video grepe oor sy boek:

You Lost me

Prodigals, Nomads & Exiles

Volg hierdie skakel vir die gespreksnotas van die VARS byeenkoms:  VARS gesprek oor millennials

 

Vriendelike groete

Anriëtte

 

The Third Space

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‘The Third Space’ het ontstaan deur Ray Oldenburg, ‘n sosioloog wat van die term gebruik maak in sy boek getiteld ‘The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Community Centers, Beauty Parlors, General Stores, Bars, Hangouts and How They Get You Through the Day’.

Oldenburg glo dat ‘third spaces’ ‘n belangrike manier is om gemeenskap te vorm. Dit bou kohesie en vorm identiteit. “Third spaces are a vital factor in the quest for community”.

rds‘n Third Space is ‘n plek wat almal in hul lewe het. Dit is ‘n plek wat nie jou huis of jou werk is nie en waar jy kontak maak, reflekteer en ontspan.

Dit help jou met die oorgang en beweeg na verskillende ruimtes in jou lewe.

In my eie konteks gebruik ek “Third Spaces” as ‘n ekumeniese beweging waar ons eenkeer ‘n week by ‘n neutrale plek soos ‘n koffee winkel bymekaar kom. Ons kom as verskeie denominasies bymekaar as jong volwassenes om in gesprek te tree oor waar ons die Here ervaar in ons lewens. Hier word ‘n ruimte gebied waar stories uit verskillende kontekste gehoor en gedeel word.

Die geleentheid word “The Third Space” genoem waar ons ‘n sosiale netwerk vorm waar dialoog kan geskied. Dis ‘n ruimte en sosiale platvorm vir jong volwassenes om saam te ontspan, kontak te maak en te reflekteer oor God en die lewe. Sodoende word ons blootgestel aan verskillende Godsbeelde, spiritualiteite, wêreldbeskouing wat ons persoonlike lewens verryk en vernuwe. Deur die vertel van stories maak ons sin van die lewe.

Almal word dan gemotiveer om ‘Third Spaces’ op ander plekke met mekaar te skep en sodoende vorm hulle gemeenskap rondom verskeie belangstellings en aktiwitiete.

Soos ek reeds genoem het gebruik ek spesifiek ‘Third Spaces’ om verhoudings te bou binne ons konteks van jong volwassenes in ekumeniese verband, maar ‘n mens sou kreatief kon omgaan met die konsep van ‘n ‘Third Space’.  Dit kan ook dien as ‘n tipe ‘Fresh Expression’ om ‘un-churched’ en ‘de-churched’ mense te bereik.

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Ds Johan Visser

Woodland Hills Gemeenskapskerk